Tess Newton Cain

Tess Newton Cain

Dr Tess Newton Cain is the principal of TNC Pacific Consulting and is a Visiting Fellow to the Development Policy Centre. She is a citizen of Vanuatu where she lived for almost 20 years and is now based in Brisbane. Tess is a specialist in Pacific regionalism and sub-regionalism, with a particular interest in the Melanesian Spearhead Group. She is a regular contributor to the Devpolicy blog, where she often co-writes with Matthew Dornan. She is the co-ordinator of the 'Pacific Conversations' series in which she discusses politics and policy with established and emerging leaders from the Pacific island region.

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Two new Pacific publications launched in Port Vila

Two new Pacific publications were launched in an event last week at Hannington’s kava bar in Port Vila, Vanuatu. ‘The New Pacific Diplomacy’, edited by…

Is the Pacific Catastrophe Risk Insurance scheme an example of successful pooled service delivery?

In a recent assessment of the success or otherwise of pooled service delivery initiatives in the Pacific island region, Matthew Dornan and I did not…

Cyclone Pam

This cyclone is one of the biggest to have affected the Pacific island region and the biggest ever experienced in Vanuatu. It traversed the entire…

Pacific regionalism… it’s tricky

It does not come as a surprise to learn that the summit to discuss Pacific regional architecture that was due to be held in Sydney…

Pacific Economic Monitor launched in Vanuatu

The ADB’s Pacific Economic Monitor (PEM) is now well established as a biannual flagship publication of the bank, but a new milestone was achieved on…

‘Pacific Stories’ – sharing insights from the region

Earlier in the year, we put together a collection of our favourite posts to the Devpolicy Blog that were focused on the Pacific island region…

Expanding the conversation: public engagement during the Pacific Plan review

When the Pacific Plan was first adopted in 2005, it was envisaged that—as a ‘living document’—it should evolve to meet the changing needs of Pacific…

Development economics in the Vanuatu context: one size doesn’t fit all

In Port Vila recently a group of more than 40 people from government, academia, the private sector, civil society and donor partners came together for…

Enough is enough – a Samoan story with regional resonance

Earlier this year I met with Lemalu Sina Retzlaff to interview her for the ‘Pacific Conversations’ series. It was great to catch up with her,…

Bougainville bulletin

As we move closer to 2015, which brings to an end to the post-conflict 10 years of semi-autonomous government on the island of Bougainville, there…